I've actually taught in a number of different learning environments, from a rural Elementary School, to a remote native village in Alaska, to a Middle School in a primarily affluent area. Most recently, I've been involved in Education Gamification, Reading Coaching, developing Middle School literacy stations and incorporating Web 2.0 resources into my instruction.
The resources I create and tend to use in my classroom follow the gradual release of responsibility method. In the beginning of the school year, there is a lot of teacher-led, large and small group activities. Every unit begins with the end in mind so that all of the lessons/work/assignments students participate in and generate during a unit are ultimately used to complete the final mastery project (essay, poster, multi-media presentation, etc.). Game elements are used to monitor and reward success (and encourage students to turn in their work!)
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B.S. in Elementary Education (USF) Masters in Reading Ed. (USF) Gamification Coursera (Penn State)
20yr Educator Wife Mother of three Stepmother of two Step-grandmother of three Step-great-grandmother of one